Protests over land acquisition in Singur and Nandigram have not had any major impact on investment flows into West Bengal, State industry minister Nirupam Sen said.

“Much has been written about Nandigram and Singur. But even during the phase, large amount of investments have come to the state,” Mr. Sen said today at a meeting organised by Assocham here.

He said in spite of excessive negative campaign about the state, many investors were showing interest in the state. “It is not a matter of joke,” he said.

“In the past one year, the state got proposals for 65 new units with an average unit size of Rs. 13,000 crore,” he said.

Mr. Sen said that most of the units were in the medium sector. He said these units would require around 1300 acres to 1400 acres for which land was already available with the State government.

“This is an encouraging trend and everything is not gloomy,” the minister said.

Chiding the Trinamool Congress, Mr. Sen said, “One political party which tried to oppose industry in the state is now trying to project that it is not anti-industry.”

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